arabesque definition

An arabesque is a decorative form of art that displays rhythmic linear patterns of interwoven lines that may include animal, flower, leaf or fruit placed within the total art design. Often arabesques are graceful and curvy.  In regards to the West today, arabesques are primarily present in the decorative arts.  However, they have a greater presence in Islamic art because that type of art does not usually include figures in the designs.  The term arabesque may also refer to a dance position.  It involves a dancer standing on a single leg that is either bent or straight; the other leg is positioned at 90 degrees to the back.